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Portrait of a little girl in a yellow dress with blue and white flowers.

Standing under the tall hemlock trees, Annie started off a little shy, hiding behind her hat and big beach ball. But within five minutes, she had really warmed up! In no time flat, she was bouncing around, throwing her ball to me, and offering me her Ninja Turtle action figure. In my book, being offered […]

Annie’s Second Birthday at Knoxville Botanical Gardens

A pregnant woman in a white dress smiles and stands in a lush green field with flowers.

Meet my lovely new neighbors, Amye and Aaron, who are about to be plus one baby boy!  (Update and great news: although he arrived nearly a week late, little Oliver is here and our neighborhood is busy setting up meal trains for this new family of three.) This evening session was hot, hot, hot, but […]

Cole-Crump Summer Maternity Session at Ijams Nature Center

A pregnant woman and her husband embrace in a garden.

Meet the beautiful Bock family: Michael, Brooke, and Beatrix. As you can *clearly* tell, this family is about to be +1 very soon! I met this lovely trio at Island Home Park along the Tennessee River.  The first thing I noticed when they got out of the car was Brooke’s beautiful dress. It’s stunning! And […]

Bock Family at Island Home Park

A grandmother holds her baby granddaughter and smiles.

“Ugh…I don’t know what to wear.”  …searches closet…    “I don’t have anything to wear.”   …feeling of exasperation sets in… “How do I get everyone else dressed?”  “When will I have time to eat today?” “What if the kids are cranky and misbehave?” Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, that’s OK. Please don’t stress! There’s an answer […]

How to Prepare for a Family Photo Session

Siblings goofing off at Admiral Farragut Park.

Maybe you’re wondering exactly how a photo session with me works. It’s a pretty simple process that I’ll break down for you here in just 10 steps. I always try to make it as painless as possible for my clients because my goal is for this to be a stress-free process for you! Let’s dive […]

My Photo Process Explained

A mother whispering to her son at Baker Creek Preserve.

Looking for the perfect spot for your family photos? Look no further! I’ve collected my top five favorite spots. Sure, there are plenty of other places, but these are my top picks. Baker Creek Preserve Yes, I love this place! Not only are there some great mountain biking trails and two natural play areas, but […]

Five Best Locations for Family Photos in Knoxville

Family portrait at Baker Creek Preserve in Knoxville.

OK, it’s time to announce the winner of the free mini-session that I’m giving away! Thank you to everyone who nominated your friends and family for the free mini-session! I appreciate your help, and I loved reading all of your beautiful suggestions. You all had such wonderful and kind things to say, and it was […]

Free Mini-Session Winner Announced!

Portrait of a mother and daughter in a swing at Baker Creek Preserve.

Yes, you read that correctly! 🎈 I’m giving away a FREE mini-session. 🎈⁣ ⁣ One of the most important rituals I have is practicing gratitude. It helps me realize how much I have to be thankful for and how lucky I am. It also makes me want to give back! So, I want to find […]

I’m Giving Away a FREE Mini-Session!

Family playing in the forest at Baker Creek Preserve.

It might go without saying, but kids can be difficult to photograph. Some of them are wiggly and run around a lot. Some of them make unnatural faces on purpose or default to “fake smile mode.” You know the face I’m talking about. Sometimes they run away from the camera completely! The good news is, […]

3 Tips for Photographing Children (even with a phone!)

Mother and father with their baby at Meads Quarry.

The air was crisp and chilly on this November afternoon, but little Caroline was a champ for her one-year portraits at Meads Quarry. Her little hands and nose kept getting chilly and would turn red, but there were only a few tears! After being wrapped in an afghan and being snuggled by mom and dad, […]

One-Year Portraits at Meads Quarry